october 2013 • Volume 8, issue 2
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lasell’s police department joins forces with Mount ida Page 3
President Michael alexander promotes Vision 2017.
rugby pulls off comeback win against Williams
Hatem is Lasell’s Ironman
nataliE KFoury co-editor-in-chief
Imagine swimming to Franco’s and back. occur,” said Hatem. During the swim, Hatem kids and one of my best friends who showed up Imagine biking from Lasell to Portland, Maine. battled more than 2,000 other swimmers who with four of his seven kids near the finish line Imagine running the Boston Marathon. Now, could not avoid punching and kicking each and crossing it was very, very cool.” imagine doing all three in one day. For Professor other as they swam. He nearly suffered from a Michael Daley, environmental studies proNeil Hatem, this wasn’t just something he had to panic attack, resulting in a brutal headache that fessor, was at Ironman Lake Placid. A former imagine, this was his reality. Hatem, a math and lasted for the first few hours of the bike ride. Ironman athlete, Daley has been trying to get Honors Program professor, back into the sport and knew participated in the Ironman Hatem would be participating. Lake Placid competition on “I saw him for about ten July 28. seconds as he came into the Hatem, who runs the turn and started his climb up the Boston Marathon each year, mountain. We exchanged a hello decided to participate in the and I yelled at him to get up the Ironman competition, which hill,” said Daley. consists of a 2.4-mile swim, In a testament to the length 112-mile bike ride, and a full of the Ironman, Daley said after 26.2-mile marathon, while he seeing Hatem he had lunch, was participating in a sprint triplayed a round of golf, went athlon, a shorter version of an swimming, ate dinner, and put Ironman, five years ago. During his children to bed. After watchthe race, Hatem nearly drowned ing a movie with his wife, Daley and broke his bike with six miles turned on the computer around to go, resulting in him carrying 11:00 p.m. and could see Hatem the bike the rest of the way, but cross the finish line and celehe managed to finish strong. brate with his family. “I started to think that I Hatem is not sure if another could do something bigger, Ironman triathlon is in his future. and I actually enjoyed [the He would consider doing it again sprint triathlon], [which] is in eight years if his son, who will sick, I know,” said Hatem. be 18 at the time, wants to. For “I’ve always wanted to say I now, he focuses his attention on Photo courtEsy oF nEil hatEM was an Ironman…finishing the 2014 Boston Marathon, one neil hatem poses after he completed ironman lake Placid on July that sprint triathlon under Professor that will mean a lot as he was 28 with his wife danielle, children Katelyn and ryan, and dog comet. those conditions helped me unable to finish this past year due realize it may be possible.” “I was told by many people that I would to the bombings. He was only half a mile from the To train for the Ironman, Hatem hired Mary want to quit numerous times,” said Hatem. “So finish line. Holt-Wilson, a triathlon training coach, who sent when I wanted to quit, I would just think of my “I want to stay healthy and finish it in less him daily training schedules. Hatem began train- wife and kids waiting to hug me at the end, and than four and a half hours. The simple goal is ing in January and progressed up to 18 hours a I would push through the bad moments.” to finish,” said Hatem. week, training in Newton, on Martha’s Vineyard, In order to obtain a medal for the triFor now, Hatem will continue to inspire stuand at Boston Sports Club in Wellesley. athlon, Hatem had to finish the course in 17 dents in and out of the classroom. “Every day I try While his training prepared him for the hours. He finished it in 16 and a half. to be the best person I can be,” he said. “There are event, Hatem faced many nerve-wracking mo“Running the final lap by the Olympic 24 hours in a day and I only need seven of those ments and even feared for his life. Stadium, where the 1980 USA hockey team to sleep. That leaves 17 hours to do everything “Honestly, I was scared that I could die, es- shocked the world, was the best moment of my else. I also realize we are only here for a short pepecially during the swim, where most tragedies athletic life,” said Hatem. “Seeing my wife and riod of time and I want to make the most of it.”
Carlos Arredondo speaks on Boston Marathon bombing
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On October 2, Boston Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo came to speak to students with his wife Melida Arredondo. They sat in front of a packed Rosen Auditorium at an event sponsored by Lasell College Radio (LCR). Arredondo began with, “In case you don’t recognize my accent, I’m from Boston.” The audience laughed; his accent was not from Boston. Arredondo came to America as an illegal immigrant in 1980, later becoming an American citizen. On April 15, 2013, Arredondo made headlines when two bombs went off at the annual Boston Marathon, killing four and injuring 250 people. Although many people fled the scene, Arredondo ran towards the injured to come to their aid. “I didn’t hesitate,” said Arredondo. “I just jumped the barriers and started to help.” His photograph was one of the first to appear in the news following the bombing. The photograph shows Arredondo pushing a man in a wheel chair that had lost both of his legs from the explosion. Wearing a cowboy hat in the iconic photo, news outlets named him the “cowboy hero” for saving the man’s life. When Arredondo’s wife asked how he felt when people call him a hero, Arredondo said, “It is scary to be seen as a hero. It was a group effort.” He stayed until 9:00 p.m. to help other victims. The first man Arredondo saved was Jeff Bauman, the man in the wheelchair from the iconic
photo. Bauman was the first person to make it to Boston Medical that day. While in the hospital, he helped the FBI identify the bombing suspects. Today, Bauman is strong and doing well. He and Arredondo have a strong friendship and are planning to travel to Costa Rica together for 10 days. This was not his first time facing tragPhoto By lEnEai stuart edy. In 2004, his son carlos and Melida arredondo spoke to the lasell community on octoAlex was killed in Iraq ber 2. arredondo made headlines as “the cowboy hero” after he was during his second tour photographed helping others during the Boston Marathon bombings. of duty. In 2011, Arreother,” said Melida Arredondo. “Each of us has the dondo’s other son Brian committed suicide after capacity to be a hero.” dealing with depression due to his brother’s death. “I feel Carlos coming to our school was beneHe looks to his dogs for comfort when coping with ficial because Carlos showed us that helping people the tragedies. “My dogs are the best therapy I have,” is a positive thing that everyone should do,” said said Arredondo. sophomore Risley Dudley. Arredondo and his wife are now peace activ“I’m so honored that my organization was able ists. They fundraise for suicide prevention groups to put on this event,” said LCR station manager Jusand homeless veterans and give out scholarships in tin Miller. “Carlos has such an inspiring story of herhonor of Alex and Brian. oism and courage and we strong felt that the Lasell “It’s important to look around and help each community had to hear about it in person.”
Patterson pushes for news intellect
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thomas Patterson addresses deWitt hall on why the american public is getting dumber. EMily KochanEK news editor
On October 8, Lasell honored political and media expert Thomas Patterson of Harvard as this year’s Distinguished Donahue Scholar lecture. Patterson teaches at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and specializes in American politics, media, and research design. Throughout his career, Patterson has authored many books including “The Unseeing Eye” that was praised as one of the best public opinion books by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. His newest book, “Informing the News,” prompted his speech to students and faculty filling deWitt auditorium. His talk, “Corruption of Information: Why We’re Getting Dumber, and What Can Be Done About It,” recounted the disintegration of hard news media and how it has affected the public. “Citizen participation has always been one of the hallmarks of this country,” Patterson began. “We don’t score very well when it comes to voter turnout... But when it comes to civic and political participation, we’re second to none. It’s an enormously important tradition.” But, with a tradition fading, Patterson said even with advances in technology and education the American public is “getting dumber.” M i s i n formation is the reason. With new emerging media systems throughout the last quarter of the 20th century misinformation became a problem. Relaying history, Patterson said traditional broadcast television competing with newly available cable television in the 1970’s was the beginning of the degradation of hard news and the rise of misinformation. Transitioning from a “low choice media environment,” said Patterson, to an environment with hundreds of television choices, created a need for broadcasters to bring in more viewers. Thus, the quality of news declined, said Patterson. With NBC, CBS, and ABC competing with entertainment television, their news formats turned to “soft news” and a study conducted over the past 20 years showed entertainment news increased it’s airtime by 20-30 percent. Patterson also said time consuming news has decreased. “At one time, news was consumed by appointment,” said Patterson. “What I mean by appointment was you usually reserved part of the day aside for the news. If you wanted to watch the television newscast, you had to be in front of the television set at the right hour of the day... Today we get our news on demand.” Patterson agreed technology enabling instant access to news was good, however it made news consumption more susceptible to disruption as well as less time to “put the pieces together.” “If you’re in a really rich media environment like we are today with messages coming at you 24 hours from every direction, it actually stunts your attention span,” said Patterson. According to research, the American public’s attention span has decreased to half of what it was in the 1990’s. The answer to misinformation, Patterson concluded, is to educate journalists on areas outside of journalism. “Too often, [a] source knows more than the journalist does,” said Patterson. “That really makes them vulnerable to their sources. When they’re being spun they don’t always know they’re being spun.” A journalist must be able to test the validity of his or her source, said Patterson.
Sweet digs on campus
Living on a college campus is truly a great experience. It’s four years of memories, meeting friends, and living independently. Compared to the major colleges in the Boston area, Lasell has a small number of students living on campus. Yet, Lasell arguably has the most variety when it comes to residence halls. The Auburndale campus features the historical houses, spacious suites, hotel-style halls, and traditional dormitories. But which style residence hall is the best to live in? Several seniors shared their thoughts on the dorms they’ve lived in throughout their years at Lasell. John Karpenko currently lives in a suite, but said his favorite residence was Karandon House. “Sophomore year in ‘K-House’ was probably one of the best times at Lasell,” said Karpenko. “A lot of the rugby guys lived there, making it a lot of fun. It made it more than a dorm, it was a home.” The suite life is best suited for close groups of friends, something Matt Arias has enjoyed in his senior year. “I love it,” said Arias. “I love my six-man because I feel like it makes things easier…say going to lunch with someone. We all end up hanging out a lot. It’s just a good time.” He also added that living with five people leaves little time alone in the suite. Although friends bond together in suites, friendships are typically made in traditional style dormitories. Kevin Moloney lived in Woodland Hall his freshman year and as a resident assistant his sophomore year. “Woodland is one of those places you just have to live in,” said Moloney. “I met so many of my friends there.” Moloney added that Woodland isn’t ideal for sophomore year living, unless you’re an RA. Hotel-style housing allows residents to enjoy their time privately, while interacting with other people at the same time. Sarah Bielski enjoyed her sophomore year in Rockwell. “Rockwell was nice because everyone was in the same area,” said Bielski. “I loved watching the rugby games from my room when it was cold outside.” She added that although the room sizes weren’t large, they were just enough for what she and her roommates needed. What is perhaps the best room is located in the most unlikely of places: West Hall. This typically sophomore building is set up as a hotel-style style building. Two rooms are typically joined together by a bathroom, but the last room at the end of the hall doesn’t connect to another room. Each floor features one of these doubles with its own bathroom. Senior Cory Mitchell is living in this room for the second time in his four years at Lasell. The psychology major loves having his own bathroom, making it easier to clean. Living in a generally sophomore building as a senior isn’t ideal, but the room is for Mitchell. “I think it would have been cool to live somewhere else like Spence,” said Mitchell. “But I’m satisfied here.” So which residence hall is the best place to live? There isn’t a definitive answer. The beauty of Lasell is the opportunity to live in a variety of residence halls. The best way to pick the next living space is to ask fellow Lasers where to go. It’s not a matter of right and wrong, but rather preference.
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Lasell proves its value Ashlyn Curley op/ed editor
In late September Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss featured Lasell in an opinion piece titled, “Shaking up the academic core: Mixing disciplines has brought new energy to the humanities at Lasell College.” She compared the image of college to the joyless image in “Good Will Hunting” with classic lectures of “egotistical professors” and students who aren’t thrilled to be there. But then there’s Lasell College. Weiss painted a vivid picture on what Lasell does to get students excited about higher education while focusing on workforce training. She closed her editorial with, “It almost makes me wish I could go back to college.” However, not every Laser appreciates and understands the value of their education here. Academic rigor has been questioned and investigated by student reporters. Students transfer out after freshman or sophomore year claiming their classes aren’t challenging enough. I used to be one of those students. When I was an 18-year-old freshman flying through my intro courses with “A’s” because I thought the material was easy, I thought I knew everything Lasell had to teach me. I thought about sticking it out through sophomore year
and transferring to a “better” school. But when sophomore year came to a close, I began to realize something that’s still difficult to come to terms with: I don’t know everything. Education is a two-way street. The outcome is related to the effort students put into it. Students who meet the minimum requirements are going to pass their courses. They’ll also think it’s easy because they don’t challenge themselves to think beyond what they already know. Today’s students must exceed their professors’ expectations to maximize their education. It’s the only way students entering a competitive work force will turn out successful. To do this, it’s important for students to be involved on campus. Connected learning isn’t just about what you learn in your courses; it’s about becoming involved outside the classroom and developing real-world skills. Lasell offers opportunities for students of all different majors and interests, as do other colleges. But there are some opportunities that make Lasell unique, such as the fashion show, the biggest on-campus event of the year. Most of the activities are open to all
Lasers get shuttled to Natick Mall on Saturdays Kaitlyn Quinn
students—an opportunity not all large universities provide. Any student can join the newspaper staff as a regular contributor. Lasell College Radio is also open to all interested students and provides the skills necessary to work in a radio station. Lasell isn’t perfect, but what institution is? Students express changes they’d like to see, and administration does their best to take student needs and comments into account to make change. Students at a larger school would be lucky to be heard. Weiss is correct in calling Lasell “one of those small private schools that needs to prove its value.” Students don’t come here to earn social status. Employers may recognize the big schools on a resume, but not know about Lasell College. That shouldn’t discourage fellow Lasers. Not only will we graduate with the same skills (if not stronger) as more prestigious schools, but we’ll also leave having developed personal and professional relationships with the Lasell community. Here, we are underdogs. We work hard to prove our skills. We’re not numbers to our professors. Here, we’re people.
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The Office of Student Activities and the Office of Public Safety are collaborating to offer two free shuttle services on Saturdays to the Natick Mall. Students must sign up at the Office of Student Activities in advance. This is the first consistent option students have to get to the Natick Mall. When it comes to holidays and birthdays, students need to go shopping; what better way to fill this need than a free shuttle on campus? This makes it easier for students to spend a day shopping. No more trying to find rides from friends with cars and begging them to bring you to the mall. Now students can plan their Saturday trips ahead of time and look forward to a hassle-free mall experience. The Natick Mall is close to campus but was never accessible through the shuttle or train makeing it challenging to get to the mall. Before I could have a car on campus, I remember feeling limited to the upscale Boston malls I would
have to ride the T to access. Then, if I had a successful day at the mall (or unsuccessful for my wallet), I’d have to walk the long march and drag all my bags across campus from the Riverside or Woodland stops back to my room. Because there isn’t public transportation service to this mall, the shuttle will benefit students without cars. This will add another activity for students on the weekends. There are many events planned around campus to entertain students, whether it’s a sports game, bingo night, or a musical production. But sometimes there’s nothing better than wandering around the mall to kill some time. The shuttle only goes to Natick on Saturdays. The first of two shuttles leave at 10:30 a.m. and return to campus at 1:30 p.m. Another longer round leaves at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. The shuttle leaves from and returns to the Edwards Student Center Shuttle Stop.
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Alexander promotes Vision 2017 evan mozingo & Holly Griffin 1851 staff
Lasell held a community meeting hosted by President Michael B. Alexander on October 1 in deWitt Hall to talk about the current and future strategic plans for the college. “We do this meeting to see each other, meet each other,” said Alexander. “It’s a bonding experience for the community.” Alexander reviewed his ambitions for Lasell for the coming years, discussing academic, institutional, and facility goals. Alexander reminded the audience of the college’s strengths and weaknesses, focusing on ways to improve. Lasell’s strengths include its connected learning program, internship opportunities, and dedicated fulltime staff, while the institution struggles with the older facilities of Wolfe and Wass, retention rate, and academic rigor. “Student focus is the highest priority,” Alexander said. Throughout the meeting, he continuously emphasized the importance of bettering the student life at Lasell. When asked about a lack of school spirit, Alexander stated, “ Students are the best experts,” adding school spirit depends on how much students decide to participate. Students responded, saying there are opportunities to raise school spirit. “If the sports games and events were better advertised, it is likely more people will go,” said sophomore Caitlin Redington. However, plans to implement Moodle in all classrooms sparked controversy. A faculty member in the audience disagreed with Alexander’s goal, arguing Moodle is more of a nurturing practice rather than providing skills for the students. Still new to Moodle, freshman Alicia
Dobbyn said, “Moodle is helpful…after you get used to it, it becomes easier.” Alexander also expressed the idea of joining together with surrounding colleges and providing Moodle through one host. Alexander stressed collaborating with other colleges and organizations for various reasons, such as a joint police force with Mount Ida College to better serve the student body at Lasell. This would allow for a 24/7 surveillance of the college. Additionally, managing health insurance with other colleges allows students to gain benefits and a lower cost rate, Alexander said. Alexander reminded the members of the meeting that these were just ideas, not goals, for Vision 2017. Other plans involving student life and academics include continuing professional advisors for all first-year students, increasing on-campus jobs by 10 percent, and 24/7 online tech support. Enrollment was also a noted accomplishment. “We set a record enrollment again this year, as we’ve been doing fairly consistently in recent years,” said Alexander, referring to the 1,667 total undergraduates Lasell currently enrolled, and 1,800 undergraduates that the college is on pace to meet in coming years. “It made me proud that we are growing as a college, yet they still want to keep growing and building the school,” said junior Liam Van Keuren who attended Vision 2017. “President Alexander’s way of presenting made me believe what he was saying and gave me confidence in the school’s future.”
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President Michael B. Alexander addressed the student body at his town meeting on October 1 in deWitt. He discussed Vision 2017, which includes academic progress, renovations to campus buildings, and an increase in enrollment. Students have confidence in the goals set for the future.
Polished, Tarnished win awards
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Lasell’s POLISHED and TARNISHED magazines received awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2013 Collegiate Gold Circle Awards. POLISHED received third place in Best Cover for a Special Interest Magazine and TARNISHED was awarded second place for Best Overall Special Interest Magazine. Shawda Schaffer, Class of 2013, was highlighted for the Spring 2013 issue of POLISHED. Ashley Joncas and Alex Ferri, both members of the Class of 2014, were highlighted for Spring 2013 issue of TARNISHED. 12,847 entries were submitted this year from colleges, universities, and secondary schools throughout the United States and Canada. Professor Stephen Fischer, the advisor for Lasell’s Graphic Design League (GDL) and POLISHED and TARNISHED magazines said he felt confident about entering the magazines and hoped the publications would at
least receive some recognition. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and many of our staff members worked very hard and produced exceptional work. We have entered one other time that I can recall,” said Fischer. “On both publications, we were blessed with strong leadership in all departments. The many contributors on both the editorial and visual design sides were some of the best I have ever seen.” The results were not announced until five months after submission, but the time of the announcement was perfect for the start of the new school year. Fischer publicly announced the awards at the first meeting of GDL on Thursday, September 26. Fischer said the news was ideal for inspiring and motivating students as they tackle the new editions of POLISHED and TARNISHED. Ferri, the Art Director for TARNISHED,
which had only published one issue previously, said she had no idea the magazine was submitted to the contest. TARNISHED, which was part of the Publication Design course, was revamped with a modern look and included content that was strategically designed to be artistic and edgy with the help of Joncas, the Creative Director. It also increased in size from 40 to 70 pages. Ferri said winning the award came as a huge and happy surprise. “There are so many schools and so many publications that are put out each year…I would have probably thought our chances would have been slim,” said Ferri. “I had never thought that anything of this magnitude would come out of our class project. It just goes to show that if you do something that you believe in and push yourself to your limit, and then past it, great things can happen in the smallest ways.”
ucational programs, meet with RAs, meet with the buildings on both campuses,” said Conlin. “It gave us the ability to have someone dedicated to providing that service. This officer will be able to work with them, prepare the programs, and give the programs.” Recently, there has been a greater need for more surveillance on campus due to thefts in the Forrest Suites. “We have gotten complaints against the person for stealing, larceny, and trespassing,” said Conlin. A staff member caught the suspect, wrote down the suspect’s license plate number, and notified campus police. Campus police’s mission is to serve and protect those within the surrounding area. “[The goal is] safety for everyone who lives here, works here, or gets involved here,” said
Conlin. “It was a way to benefit both colleges and at the same time provide better service. We can’t solve all these problems on our own.”
Lasell and Mount Ida police join forces
Starting this year, Lasell College and Mount Ida College have merged their public safety division. “Mount Ida wanted to move forward with more of a law enforcement component instead of just a security guard component,” said Lasell Chief of Police Edward Conlin. The merge benefits both campuses; both task forces have added more dispatchers, more opportunities for educational programs, and more personnel to patrol. Before the merge, Lasell would lose a dispatcher each time an officer went on a shift but now has a team focused solely on dispatching. Campus police is now able to work with resident assistants and area coordinators as well as student organizations. “Now we have someone assigned to do ed-
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A new addition to the Campus Police fleet. The vehicles have a new black and white design. SUVs have also been added.
On September 30, the United States government went into an official shutdown. But what happened? Does this affect college students? What do all of these odd terms coming out of the shutdown mean? And what does defaulting mean in government? First, the cause: as lawmakers bicker on the Hill, their time to create a budget for the country ran out. According to the Constitution, Congress cannot spend or grant money for government organizations without passing a budget. And what do they need to do to fix this problem? “Clean CR” has been thrown around lawmakers as the conventional way to pass a budget bill. “CR” refers to a continuing resolution, or a budget resolution that funds many areas of government. Republicans, especially Texas representative Rand Paul, have been arguing to vote on appropriation bills that would fund specific parts of government at a time. However, Democrats and some partisan Republicans have refused to pass appropriating bills. Instead, they argue if one section of government is opened, all must be opened. So instead of only funding Women, Infants, and Children ( WIC) and Head Start, there must be complete funding, Panda Cams included. Ironically, due to partisan bickering, Democrats are refusing to fund programs they have traditionally championed for and Republicans are supporting programs that they usually try to defund. Yet the Congressional infighting is allegedly in the name of the American people. Now with the government edging closer to defaulting on October 17, the debt ceiling wars raging, and a four year law callously being tossed around, there is one question: Where does the American public go from here? With more than 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or working without pay, tensions around the country are running high. But Congress will not take their constituent’s salaries as motivation to break the partisan bickering and time is running out. Although a meeting on October 10 with Republican House leaders with President Obama was a “good meeting,” according to a statement issued by the White House, no deal to open the government or raise the debt ceiling to avoid defaulting was reached. The government shutdown is not the issue that should permeate through Americans’ minds; defaulting will be catastrophic internationally. Defaulting without raising the debt ceiling means America will no long be able to borrow money and will not be able to pay its bond holders or bills on time. According to NBC Politics, the nation’s borrowing limit is 16.7 trillion dollars. But in default, the government will only have 30 billion dollars to spend, further limiting government programs and workers. Not to say that Congress did not see this coming. According to Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew on “Meet the Press,” the debt limit had been met back in May. However, he continued, extraordinary measures, measures that prolong the use of money in government, have been exhausted. “There are no more…I have nothing left in the drawer,” said Lew to Congress. “It’s Congress’ job to fund the government,” said Lew. As the ones who elected the Congress with a ten percent approval rate, the America people’s education and communication about the government’s dysfunction is imperative. Write a letter, pick up the phone; get in touch with the congressmen and women. Some might even answer with their staff furloughed.
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Interdisciplinary courses will reshape core classes
Ciao from Florence!
Allison nekola 1851 staff
Studying abroad was always something I was unsure of whether or not I would do. I hadn’t put much thought to it during high school and when I was sitting in my freshman seminar class three years ago, watching a presentation by Lena Berc, I still was indecisive. Scared to even think about leaving behind my friends, family, and familiar surroundings for a semester, I had never been away from home for that long. I am not sure how I decided to study abroad or even when. I guess it was a decision that was made by my subconscious, telling me that if I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity I would regret it for the rest of my life. I have been studying in Florence for almost two months now, and feel adapted to the Italian culture but also aware of the American culture. When you are placed out of your own culture it not only exposes you to different norms and behaviors, but also to your own. Much of your ethnocentrism diminishes and you become more aware that other cultures do exist, not just your own. Florence has shown me things I would never have learned from a textbook. People here communicate differently, drive, eat, walk differently, and I am glad I get the experience of living in it and not just being a tourist for a week. Living in central Florence feels like going back in time. There are no modern ugly buildings, skyscrapers, or department stores anywhere, just pure Renaissance style surrounded by the picturesque hills of Tuscany. Different churches and bell towers cover the city and walking past The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) everyday still doesn’t seem quite real. In my opinion, there is no need to step in a museum in Florence; the small city is an open-air museum in itself with different art and history to be discovered at ever corner. In addition to myself in the Florentine culture, I have the amazing opportunity to travel to other countries such as Germany, Spain, France, and Hungary. Without my subconscious pushing me to make this decision to study abroad, I would have never had the opportunity to live and travel for 4 months in Europe. Of course I miss home. But as I write, I am sitting on my roof top terrace looking over the Duomo, as all the different bell towers in Florence chime for noon. When will I have this experience again or this nice of a view? To all contemplating whether to study abroad, go. You will discover culture and beauty and new things about yourself.
Lasell administration is offering interdisciplinary seminars to sophomore students as an opportunity to alter the traditional core courses in the spring 2014 semester. The idea emerged four years ago during a conversation over lunch between Professors Michael Daley and Lori Rosenthal. Daley, a professor of environmental studies, discussed his solution for excess energy waste and asked Rosenthal, a professor of social sciences, about an efficient way to coax people to use his proposed solution. The two went on to talk of teaching a course together someday. Two years later, their plan became a reality when they were granted to teach a pilot interdisciplinary seminar. The first interdisciplinary seminar, Persuading People Preserving the Planet, was held during the Fall 2012 semester, intertwining social and environmental science. Traditional classes are filled with about 25 students; but with two professors, the class size doubles. Typically, students are separated into two groups for one main group project. Last year, half of the students learned behavior changes with Rosenthal and half learned scientific tech-
nology changes with Daley. As the semester progressed they grouped into smaller sections of three to four students, to work on their own ideas for a separate project. The same course will be provided this semester as a second pilot, but the goals of the class will be different. The main objective of last year’s course was to reduce the carbon footprint of commuters at Lasell. This year, the goal is to reduce waste from campus printing. Although the class has a main goal, the students work on smaller projects throughout the course. “I brought in a Dunkin’ Donuts bag…showed the ‘Please Recycle This Bag’ sign on the bottom,” said Daley. “Then Professor Rosenthal and I discussed the phrases used by social scientists that could better influence people to recycle. We had students redesign the bags in the groups and took a vote on which would persuade more people to do what was written. The students will design a survey to see whether the bag they selected really affected people’s desire to recycle more.” Lasell’s “revision of the core” has
promoted the new innovation in course teaching. General education has previously been a “check-off ” system, according to Joanna Wiess of the Boston Globe, that students pay little mind to. These seminars look to change that. Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was recently quoted in Weiss’ Boston Globe article saying, “Education isn’t framed and designed in a way students crave it.” When asked for an explanation, Ostrow said, “When I say that I mean it literally… Typically today when you go to class, are you craving that environment as much as you crave going to see a boyfriend or going to a party? Probably not but you should.” According to Ostrow, “When students are learning by doing the actual work that people in those fields do, they will immediately experience and feel what it’s like to learn these disciplines by seeing how they apply to real social problems and to real creative challenges. They’ll be relevant; the things they’re learning will matter to them, so ideally they’ll crave more of it, hopefully it will have relevance and matter to students even after the course is over.”
Students form connections at conference
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On October 10, Professor Marie Frankflight attended says to turn off all electronic in a lawyer to help fact check,” said Murphy. lin led 25 journalism students to the 2013 devices you turn on this…the newspaper The final presentation of the conferNew England Newspaper Conference at the ladies and gentlemen,” said Paulson about ence was on plagiarism. The panel included Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick. a newspaper’s many positive factors. Jim Franklin, Assistant Night Editor at The Ken Paulson, President of First AmendJournalists everywhere are facing obBoston Globe, Fred Bayles, Professor of ment Center, spoke on the value of newsstruction in their jobs. So how can jourJournalism at Boston University, Paul Pranpapers in a speech titled,“Digital, Dollars nalists confront threats to the freedom of vast, Editor at The Cape Cod Times, Steve and Democracy: The Real Value of American information? At the conference, a panel Burgard Journalism Director at NortheastNewspapers.” Paulson used real world examdiscussion included real life examples and ern University and Rick Homes, Opinion ples of how the ideas that newspapers are stories from Bill Kole, Chief of the Associate Editor at Metrowest Daily News. dying is a myth. “When you think of newspaPress, David Linton, Reporter at The Sun Burgard talk about the 2005 case of pers dying down think of all the other things Chronicle, Colleen Murphy, Executive DiJayson Blair, a journalist at The New York that are dying down such as Times, who was baseball cards and hallmark caught plagiarizcards,” said Paulson. ing and was fired Paulson pointed out from his job. “The that the newspaper inissues in journaldustry is still thriving, just ism are the same shifting in a new direction. in university isWhat is happening is that sues in terms of younger generations are academic honesty not reading the newspaand journalistic pers to get reliable news honesty,” said but instead use social meBurgard. A jourdia sites and digital devices nalist has to do to receive their news. “If their own reportpeople don’t pay for qualing in order to ity journalism, then no call it their own. one will get quality jourBayles helps nalism,” said Paulson. With run a program for the shift to a generation students to prothat is more technologiduce news, which cally savvy, more people gives students real are starting to use devices life experiences such as tablets to get crediPhoto by Allison Nekola through journalble news sources. istic writing. He Ken Paulson speaks during the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference about the future Paulson said, “71.4 of journalism and newspapers. makes it clear to million people are using his students that tablets, more than half are from families makrector at CT Freedom or Information Complagiarism is unethical from the very first ing 50,000 or more a year and with that half of mission, and Cliff Schechtman, Executive class. By the end of their four years at the those people are using news apps to get their Editor at The Portland (ME) Press Herald. university, his students get jobs in their daily news.” Paulson believes the newspaper Schechtman said, “Every reporter field, which he noted is an improvement industry will never go out of business, but should be an investigative reporter” meanfrom when he graduated college. rather phase into the digital world. ing that when reporting a story, the journalThis conference illustrated the daily However, there are people who still ist has to go out and dig deep to get all the job of a journalist through the great knowlenjoy spending time with newspapers facts. Schechtman believed journalists should edge of several passionate and motivated more than any other source. These are the be building a culture of watchdog reporting, individuals in the field. Overall this was an people who enjoy getting the paper delivwhich includes practicing investigative jourunforgettable connected learning experiered every morning, sitting down with a nalism, checking that facts are correct, and ence for the Lasell journalism students. cup of coffee and holding the paper in their the journalist is reporting the truth. “The conference was an amazing exhands. Why doesn’t the current generation “Write stories no matter what, don’t perience,” said student Danielle Cutillo. enjoy that? “It’s family friendly, [there are] think about your competitor; be aggressive “It was definitely one of the best Conno pop up ads, no need to be charged, and get all the facts. If there’s a case, report nected Learning experiences I’ve done. all fact checked and the best part is when all the information given, ask for all docuHearing from some of the best in the inyou’re on a plane about to take off and the ments and warrants and if necessary bring dustry was inspiring.”
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PRIDE comes out
Michelle Burke COPY EDITOR
Photo by Allison Nekola
PRIDE’s President Alex Turner shares his coming out as a transgender on October 10 in honor of National Coming Out Day.
PRIDE’s President, Alex Turner, encouraged students to share their stories of coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Pansexual to their friends and families. All participants referenced the difficulties of coming out relating to religion, marriage, and the fear of family rejection, as well as what is means to define someone as gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender.
Turner began by telling his own story, explaining how he came out as bisexual and eventually transgender, meaning he identifies as a man. He described the feeling of coming out to his family as a “weight being lifted off [his] shoulders.” The speeches continued with club members, including a speech from the Vice President of PRIDE, Emily Kesslinger. She spoke about how she doesn’t like to label her sexuality, and said, “just love who you love.” She also said she continues to struggle with remembering the preferred gender pronouns of her transsexual friends, making others realize acceptance of one another is what matters. Communications officer of PRIDE, Vanessa Pereira, told audience members “Sometimes you think coming out is going to be worse than it actually is,” and encouraged others to be strong and positive. She refers to herself as pansexual, a new phrase to the audience meaning she is attracted to personalities, not genders. Once the PRIDE members spoke, Turner opened the floor to anyone in the audience wanting to share a story. Freshman Mylette Beerman, referencing herself as a pansexual, told the audience how difficult it was growing up as someone who had her first girlfriend in seventh grade and then a boyfriend throughout high school. The juggle between genders wasn’t just confusing to her peers but to Beerman as well. After years of struggling to come out to her family and friends, she simply defines herself as someone who “loves everyone... I love people.”
Meet Sir Lloyd
Speaker: Step into a positive future
Morgan Austin COPY EDITOR
On October 3, wellness coach and speaker Tom Kens spoke to an audience of Lasell students and faculty in deWitt Hall. His speech, titled “Step Into A Positive Future,” focused on the importance of being optimistic in life by being grateful, setting goals, and letting go of past trials. “I wouldn’t consider myself a motivational speaker…I’m here to spark something,” said Kens. He described himself as a normal person who as an engineer that “builds bridges by day [and] bodies by night.” He was motivated to become a wellness coach and speaker three years ago when he started living a healthier lifestyle. He began his wellness career speaking at colleges, libraries, and churches. Kens came to Lasell with the intent of teaching his audience how to reprogram their brains from automatically thinking negative thoughts to implementing good thoughts into the subconscious. “This is pretty much positive thinking 101,” said Kens. “We want to see more goodness in the world.” Appreciating the ordinary, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet, giving random compliments, and learning to forgive are some of the ways Kens suggested that will lead to a healthy life, mentally and physically. Keeping a log of things to be grateful for, such as virtues, actions, random thoughts, and future goals, was another of Kens’ tips. “There’s something about writing things down that makes it more powerful,” said Kens. He also advised writing about problems to help with forgiving and letting go of the past. Toward the end of his speech, Kens gave his audience ten tips on staying positive. His guidance included getting “posi-
tive bling,” like pictures of family, friends, inspirational photos, and quotes; relaxing and breathing; showing gratitude; stop worrying; learning to laugh at yourself; removing yourself from bad situations; and spending time with positive people. Kens recommended that a good way to build a better future is to get involved in the community, such as joining Lasell’s Center for Community Based Learning and participating in the service learning trips. “The same hands you used to cry out, ‘Why me?’ are the same hands you’ll use to help out others,” said Kens.
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Tom Kens, a wellness coach and motivational speaker, visited Lasell on October 3 and spoke about building a positive future while giving tips on how to do so.
Center for CommunityBased Learning
Lloyd Hall, a senior fashion design major, opens up about his unique sense of style. How would you describe your style? During the summer my style changed due to the heat, so I still wear blazers to fancy up my outfits with shorts and a button up shirt. My normal style mirrors the Victorian era. When did you start to dress this way? I started dressing this way towards the end of my high school career. I was part of an anime club and at the end of the year we threw a costume party. I wore my 3-piece suit and loved the way I looked and felt in it. I’ve been committed to this look for the past four years, collecting vintage clothing to spice up my look. Could you describe your favorite outfit? My favorite outfit is a white button-down shirt topped with my navy vest and pants, pointed dress shoes, a blue velvet blazer, my pocket-watch and my top-hat, purchased while I was studying abroad in London. You are a fashion major; do you use your personal style as a muse? To be honest, my personal style is almost a fallback inspiration if I am running late on an assignment or frustrated by a creative block. Otherwise I use everything around me for inspiration. The outfits I’ve seen you in are theatrical; is this a career path you are considering? Actually that is the exact direction I am going in. Ever since switching my major to fashion design I’ve been inspired to create costumes. I want to design costumes for Broadway musicals. Do you have prior experience in theater? I got into theater working on sets, with lights and sounds, which sparked my interest in designing costumes after being involved for a number of years. This past summer I worked as an assistant designer for the Children’s Circus
Schedule of Service November 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Supper Program Arlington Street Church Help serve meals to the homeless
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in Middleton, CT and learned juggling, trapeze artistry, and stilting. This sounds like an exciting career choice. You said you changed majors, what were you previously studying? I studied videogame design at a college in Vermont, before realizing I wanted to design costumes. From there I transferred to Lasell for my sophomore year. How did it feel entering the dining hall in your Victorian attire for the first time? One reason I dress so uniquely is to grab people’s attention, though it’s not always positive. I’m not bothered by the judgment of others. I can look at one person and receive a smile, look at the next and receive a quizzical look. It helped me choose the right group of friends. What is the best advice you can give to someone who is hesitant to express themself for fear of rejection from peers? Just do it if it makes you happy. People will judge you anyway, but this gives you an opportunity to see, the people who smile and support you are worth keeping, and the ones who give mean looks aren’t worth knowing. If you be yourself, the people who matter won’t care.
November 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Centre Street Food Pantry Assist families with their grocery shopping in the pantry
November 6, 12, and 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Boys and Girls Club Early College Awareness Campus Visits Help show pre- and young teens around the campus
November 9 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Room to Grow Help organize donations of baby clothing for low-income families November 12 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Muhammad Yunus Banks on America A Donahue Institute for Social Justice Event speaker
November 12 Holiday Toy Drive Begins Drop off toys at the CCBL to go towards homeless families Novmber 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Baker 5k Annual Road Race Volunteer at water stations throughout the course
We are driven to incorporate service-learning as a component of the connected learning concept and provide students with help and support in establishing and participating in volunteer and service opportunities on campus and in the community.
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Justin falls short in “Part 2 of 2”
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“the 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2” is Justin timberlake’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed “the 20/20 Experience.”
Justin Timberlake has enjoyed a successful summer, as “The 20/20 Experience” put the pop star back in the spotlight. On September 30, Timberlake released his fourth solo album, “The 20/20 Experience – Part 2 of 2. The theme of new-school sophistication carries over to this album, but quality was apparently left behind. The first single off 20/20 is “Take Back The Night.” It features the use of strings and horns, like most of Timberlake’s previous album. It has the feel of Timberlake’s older songs with a mix of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” “TKO” is Timberlake’s next single, which features a synth intro and heavy bass. The chorus is very catchy and Timberlake displays his high range of vocals. Although it hasn’t been released as a single, “Only When I Walk Away” might be the best song on the album. The distorted guitar and raspy vocals provide the perfect feel for the song, as Timberlake expresses the struggle he has with a woman. It’s a strong song with an even stronger feel. Unfortunately, it drags on for seven minutes, unnecessarily changing tempo and instrumentals. “Drink You Away” sounds like a country/ pop crossover similar to Kid Rock and FloridaGeorgia Line. Instrumentals feature electric and acoustic guitars, as well as southern organs. It’s good, but feels nothing like anything Timberlake has put out before. He displays his vocal range, but only for short periods. The singles from 20/20 Part 2 are decent, but the album as a whole is simply terrible. “True Blood” makes a futile attempt of being remotely similar to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The house rhythm, multiple electronic melodies, and random hollowing effects make any listener wonder what exactly is playing. The lyrics make little sense and once again it features a drawn-out breakdown halfway through. The 20/20 Experience – Part 2 of 2 saves some of the worst for last. “Not A Bad Thing” sounds like a classic Justin song, but that Justin’s last name is Bieber. Perhaps young, premature vocals would be better suited in this teenage-pop song. It’s simply a teenage love tune with terrible lyrics. When you think the album is finally over, Timberlake sneaks in a hidden track titled “Pair of Wings.” It’s a cheesy love song featuring an acoustic guitar and Timberlake’s vocals. Timberlake should have left this hidden track off the album and kept it hidden in the closet of the recording studio. Although some songs keep this album together (“Cabaret,” featuring Drake and “Murder,” featuring Jay-Z), this album is a letdown. Nearly every song is drawn out to as long as eight minutes. Timberlake seems to be trying way too hard instead of letting the music come naturally. Bands such as Rush and Led Zeppelin were able to produce songs as long as 10 minutes, but those bands had the capability to keep the listener interested in those songs. Timberlake simply repeats harmonies over an extended period of time and calls it music. Even if someone is an avid Justin Timberlake fan, The 20/20 Experience – Part 2 of 2 is not worth buying. The singles are decent at best, but the album is just a bad experience.
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Don Jon: A film on addiction and healing
nataliE KFoury co-editor-in-chief
His body. His pad. His ride. His family. His church. His boys. His girls. And, his porn. From the very start, viewers of “Don Jon,” written by, directed by, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, know what to expect from Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt). He is your typical romantic comedy lead male: attractive, funny, and likable, except he has a severe addiction to pornography. As amusing as the subject may be, the film finds success in portraying the addiction as real, powerful, and thought provoking. Jon spends his days as a bartender or with his family at church, and his nights with his boys, succeeding in bringing home beautiful women. Any free time is spent watching hours of pornography. Regardless of whom he takes home at the end of the night, no woman can replace the x-rated actresses in his heart, and he doesn’t think there is anything wrong with that. Jon thinks little of his addiction until he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. Though he loves and respects Barbara, she cannot compete with the way pornography makes him feel. He slips back into old habits and slowly realizes that Barbara has a destructive addiction of her own, one to romantic film and their portrayal of true love, and what she considers to be the ideal man. It is not until his problems with Bar-
bara come to a head that Jon realizes something could be wrong. Even still, it takes the help of Ester ( Julianne Moore), a woman fighting her own demons he develops a bond with, to face his problem.
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“don Jon,” directed by, written by, and starring Joseph gordon-levitt is the story of Jon Martello, a man who is addicted to porn.
The strength of the movie comes from its statements on society through the addictions and problems the characters face. While Barbara’s addiction to romantic movies may be more socially acceptable than Jon’s to pornography, the viewer is quickly able to see how destructive her obsession is on her belief of true love and how destructive Jon’s unrealistic expectations are on real women. The acting in “Don Jon” is incredibly powerful. Both Gordon-Levitt and Johansson typically portray characters that are easily lovable, such as Gordon-Levitt’s role in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “500 Days of Summer” and Johansson’s work in “Lost in Translation” and “The Avengers.” It is a reminder of their strength when portraying deeply flawed characters. Likewise, Tony Danza and Glenne Headly portray Jon’s parents and add superb humorous scenes, which help elevate the film. “Don Jon” is a strong addition to Gordon-Levitt’s quickly growing resume and a successful first shot at writing and directing. The film succeeds in being both comedic and fun, with many opportunities to laugh and appreciate the clever film work, yet is best in its compelling and powerful nature. “Don Jon” is a story about addition, but, more importantly, it’s a story about healing.
Better than Nugget Night?
Kait Quinn & Brianna roBBins 1851 staff
Bri Robbins and Kait Quinn ventured out to experiment three different chicken nugget locations around Lasell. They looked for price, quality, environment, and overall experience. They went to McDonald’s in Waltham, Wendy’s in Waltham and to Shaw’s in Auburndale.
McDonald’s 789 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451 (781)-893-6640
For $1.59, four Chicken McNuggets from the value menu seemed like a bargain. The service was fast as expected (considering it should be since it is a fast food restaurant). The McNuggets were crispy and soft on the inside; a little too soft. The nuggets were still hot, but the quality taste was poor. The ﬂavor was not really there, and it required some buffalo sauce to spice it up.
Wendy’s 806 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453 (781) 899-2795
A four-piece nugget was only $0.99, as an upgrade to the six-piece is $1.49. We had friendly service from the employees at Wendy’s compared to other fast food restaurants. The wait on the nuggets was extremely quick and the nuggets were still warm. These nuggets had crispy outside and all-white meat on the inside. and had enough ﬂavor that the nuggets did not need any sauce.
Perdue Chicken Nuggets Shaw’s - 2040 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466 (617) 965-1793
Bri- The Perdue Chicken Nuggets are in the frozen food section. The nuggets are already cooked and just need to be reheated. The cost was $3.49 for 19-24 nuggets. I chose to cook my nuggets in the microwave. Cooking took a total of two minutes, as the nuggets required ﬂipping halfway through. The nuggets were a little chewy because of the microwave. Kait- For $4.98, I got 24 oz. (8 servings) worth of chicken nuggets. After pre-heating my oven to 425 degrees, I placed ﬁve frozen nuggets (serving size) on a single layer on aluminum foil on a baking sheet. The nuggets stayed in the oven for ﬁve minutes. I then took them out and ﬂipped them all over and put them back in for an additional four minutes. The inside of the nugget was warm and all white meat. They needed a little bit of ketchup to spruce up the ﬂavor. It was worth the trouble, but take-out is easier! after trying all three different locations, Bri and Kait agreed that Wendy’s was the best place for nuggets based on price, quality, environment, and overall experience. Wendy’s was not only delicious, but it was also cheap and easy. Perdue was a close second on taste, but it takes more time because it needs to be purchased and cooked. Mcdonald’s Mcnuggets were bland and did not have any special flavor or taste to it.
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“The Walking Dead” comes back to life “Rush” is an electrifying, emotional thrill ride
Ariana St. Pierre arts editor
Season four of the hit cult-zombie show, “The Walking Dead,” aired on October 13 on AMC. The premier episode, entitled “30 Days Without an Accident” shows how Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his prison group have been coping since the onslaught from the Governor and the fall of Woodbury in season three. The prison has now become a fully functioning society, complete with farm animals, agriculture, and children’s reading groups. Fans are introduced to some new additions: Tyrese (Chad Coleman), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard), who proves he is already going to be a problem for the group, and of course the return of the old favorites. It appears that there is a new
hope for the prison group but as the title of the episode implies, it is all going well until it goes very wrong. The episode sends Rick off on a journey with a strange and insane woman, whom he comes across in the woods. This mystery woman clearly depicts the depleting mental state of some of the less fortunate survivors. The concept of the mystery woman is rather frustrating. She is clearly not stable from the moment Rick stumbles across her and yet he ventures off with her only to have a violent conclusion. However, Lincoln portrayed the scene with conviction, which was a nice change from his tendency to over-act dramatic scenes. “30 Days Without an Accident” brought the gore back, but the pre-
mier ran a little dry and sluggish. There seemed to be a lack of dialogue between characters and the scenes seemed a little forced. It is in the final minutes of the episode that will set off a chain of gruesome events that will most likely dominate the early part of season four. There is a lot of potential for the season. The prison is now a bustling society and the “walker” effects are as gory and grand as ever but the pace needs to pick up and the plot needs to be more focused. “The Walking Dead” has yet to be disappointing. It would be a shame if season four were to falter. “The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m.
Gallery displays faculty’s work
Photos by zachary gray
Faculty’s art work is displayed in the Yamawaki Gallery with pieces from fashion drawings to sculpture and poetry. Some examples include from left: President Michael Alexander’s poem entitled “Midnight” with poster by Margo Lemieux, Stephen Fischer’s painting done with dripped rustoleum oil on wood panel titled“Tribal,” J. Brook Mullins Doherty’s monoprint named “Symbiosis 5,” and Deborah Baldizar’s homemade cast with paper and ink entitled “Wallflower.” The pieces will be on display until early November.
Drama Club announces, prepares for “Nine” Chistina Alario 1851 staff
The Drama Club has selected the musiHer on-stage husband, played by se- the drama club said he “couldn’t have been cal “Nine” as its fall production. The show, nior Tim Doucette, agreed. “The script cast any better…I love the role I’m playing.” set in a spa, focuses on the midlife crisis of for this show promises to be extremely Charette and Doucette think the proplaywright Guido Contini, who is struggling comedic,” said Doucette. “We have an duction is sure to be a hit among students to come up with a new movie and faculty. Club Vice Prespitch as well as balance the reident Gabrielle Povolotsky lationships with the women in added that this show is his life. “less dark than we’ve seen Arthur Kopit wrote in the past. It’s a high en“Nine,” with music and lyrics ergy show filled with balby Maury Yeston. They play is lads and upbeat dance based on the Federico Fellini numbers.” film “8 ½.” The original BroadDoucette agreed that way production debuted in past shows have always spring of 1982, and a national been comedic but not altour soon followed. It was wasy upbeat. “I really like then revived in 2003, winning the positive energy comtwo Tony awards. The film ading from this show,” said aptation, featuring a number Doucette. of celebrities including Kate “I think that the stuHudson, Penelope Cruz, and dent body will definitely by emily kochanek Stacy ‘Fergie’ Ferguson, was The Drama Club practices for the musical “Nine,” whichPhoto enjoy this show,” said will premiere on released in 2009. Charette. “It’s going to Drama Club President be exciting and funny and Lyndsey Charette, starring as Contini’s outstanding cast with experience doing scandalous, everything college students wife, Luisa, said she is looking forward shows on campus…all around this show enjoy pretty much.” to this production. “As of right now we’ve proves to be extremely entertaining,” The musical will premiere on Decemonly had two rehearsals, but the cast is Doucette and Charette are very ex- ber 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and December 7 at getting along really well and there is an cited about their leads in the musical. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Students interested in awesome motivation to make this show “I’m enjoying the part already,” said Cha- helping out with the production can email great,” said Charette. rette. Doucette, who is a three year veteran of Lyndsey Charette at email@example.com.
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Ron Howard’s latest project, “Rush,” is an exciting, heart pounding film about fast cars and a fierce rivalry. “Rush” is based on the true story of Formula 1 racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and their sports rivalry in the 1970s. The film chronicles the two racers as they begin as Formula Three racers and transition to Formula 1 world champions. “Rush” is not your typical sports movie. The race scenes are thrilling and spectacularly crafted, but the film does not rely solely on the race sequences to drive the movie. It is what goes on off the racetrack that is truly fascinating. The two men are complete opposites. James Hunt is the pretty, playboy Englishman with the gift of driving. He is charming and fearless behind the wheel. Niki Lauda is a very structured and calculating Austrian. He is an extremely disciplined driver whose focus is on winning, even at the expense of his personal relationships. It is after Lauda makes a deal that allows him to jump from Formula Three to 1 and Hunt following suit, creating an intense feud between the two racers. As the rivalry increases, it wreaks havoc in their lives. They become better drivers as they push themselves to be faster, even in the face of danger. Both actors portrayed their characters well. Hemsworth’s charismatic energy and playfulness ignites the screen, but he doesn’t seem to stretch his acting abilities very far. Bruhl’s portrayal of Lauda carries the story, despite his frequently frustrating character. At the turning point of the film, Lauda is involved in a horrific accident where he sustained substantial burns to his head, face, and hands, becoming the emotional heart of the story. Bruhl’s portrayal of Lauda was spot on; edgy and abrasive, but still respected as a character. His peers did not particularly like him, but Bruhl’s performance ensured that Lauda was human with a heart. Some viewers might have hoped for more action packed race scenes, but “Rush” still managed to depict the ferocity of the track and the dangers it packs. The voice-over narration at the beginning of the film was unnecessary and distracting, but at the end was rather poignant. The film excels in the relationship and feud between Hunt and Lauda, with solid performances by Bruhl and Hemsworth. “Rush” is definitely one of the must-see movies of the year.
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“Rush,” a Ron Howard film, is based on a true story of Forumla One racing and bitter rivalry.
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New editor Soccer players share experiences joins the coming to Lasell, United States team Brianna Robbins 1851 staff
Tristan Davis SPORTS EDITOR
If you asked me if I thought I’d be writing this column when I applied here last fall, I’d probably think you were insane. Yet, here I am. I’d think you were even crazier if you said “You’re going to be the new Sports Editor for The 1851 Chronicle.” But once again, here I am. My name is Tristan Davis and I’m a freshman at Lasell. I’m probably really easy to spot in a crowd, because I’m 6’6” and colorblind. The colorblindness is important because I’m likely wearing something that doesn’t match at all now that I don’t have my mom to pick out all my clothes for me. I was born in Rochester, NY and I grew up playing baseball and volleyball. Luckily, Lasell has a volleyball team so I plan on trying out in the winter. I have a 27-year-old brother who likes to walk around thinking he’s better at sports than I am (he is) and a 21-year-old sister who also loves to write and critique my work. You could say I’m both extremely blessed and extremely cursed. I joined my high school newspaper my sophomore year and had my own column junior year. It wasn’t until senior year that I was selected as the Sports Editor, which was why I was so shocked when I was asked my first year in college. But alas, writing is something I love to do and something I plan on doing for as long as I can. Lasell has definitely proved itself to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Sundae Sundays are gift from the ice cream gods, and the renovations in Woodland have made my stay much nicer than anticipated. All of the athletic facilities are great and it’s helped my parents a ton knowing how safe this area of Massachusetts is. But what stands out to me the most are the people. The students, the faculty, and the workers here have got to be the politest and friendliest group of people I’ve ever met. As a freshman, I’m excited that I can watch a new group of athletes and sports teams play this year. I went to lots of games in high school and I’m certainly not going to stop now. I’ve already gotten a chance to see both men’s and women’s soccer as well as women’s volleyball and rugby. I’ll end my column by saying this: although Lasell has made my first few months eventful, interesting, and informative, I’m looking forward to the people I meet, what I do, and what I learn. Feel free to say hello if you see me around. I’ll be the guy unknowingly wearing red and purple and eating my third sundae of the day.
The men’s soccer team is not made up of players from just around Massachusetts, New England, or even the United States of America. Nery Guerra, Miguel Colmenares, and Jose Cabrera came from three different countries around the world to be a part of the men’s soccer program. These players were all brave enough to their leave home countries and travel over 5,000 miles to play American soccer while simultaneously earning an education. Nery Guerra is a returning senior and a captain on the men’s soccer team. Guerra is originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala. He came across Lasell after looking for schools in the Boston area that were close to the trains and also had soccer programs. After arriving to the States, Guerra would not only have to adjust to the language barrier, but American-style soccer as well. Soccer is a growing sport in America and still developing compared to other countries. “In the U.S., the knowledge of the game is not as wide as in other countries I’ve played in, including mine,” said Guerra. The game of soccer is played differently here than how he was taught back home. “I was taught to play more simple, technically, smart, and
selfless while in the U.S. the game is much more direct, physical, and individualistic (to some extent).” Miguel Colmenares is a returning sophomore and starting goalkeeper. Colmenares is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Even though he is from Venezuela, he considers himself half Italian since all of his family members on his mother’s side are from Italy. Colmenares found Lasell by looking for a college in the Massachusetts area with a successful soccer program. His older brother, Vicente, was a huge influence to coming to America and choosing Massachusetts. Vicente is currently is a senior member of the soccer team at Boston University. “He strongly influenced me since he was the first one on taking that step of coming to the U.S. to study and prepare himself as a soccer player,” said Colmenares. Jose Cabrera is a junior transfer and first-season on the Lasell soccer team. Cabrera is originally from Queretaro, Mexico. Cabrera chose Lasell after looking for colleges that offered Sports Management degrees and a soccer program. “The unity, talent, and the American/International mixed flavor are great things that our team has,” said Cabrera. “It makes us a
Rugby prevails over Williams, 31-26
unique, competitive, charming, open minded, and successful team of fútbol.” One challenge Cabrera faced when coming to the U.S.A. is adapting to the college academic system and atmosphere. “I really enjoy interacting with students from different backgrounds, as it is a diverse country,” said Cabrera. “Being in a diverse young atmosphere helps me learn more about life by sharing ideas and experiences with my friends and roommates, which makes me more confident and positive within life.” The men’s soccer program at Lasell has been increasing the numbers of international players on the team, which is changing how the team plays the game. “With the increased amount of international players, soccer has been focusing more in the technique aspect,” said Colmenares. “Soccer in the U.S. is still considered very physical and on a fast-speed game.” “Soccer has good and bad things in every country that it’s played at, just like any other sport,” said Cabrera. “But there are other factors that make it the highly competitive sport in the world and that’s why I love it.”
Cheering their way to success Natasha MwaPE
Photo by Tom Horak
Senior Ricky Hawkes goes up for a line-out during the game against Williams on October 13. To view more photos from the Lasers victory, visit the1851chronicle.org Tristan Davis sports editor
Ricky Hawkes ran in the winning try with two minutes left in the second half to propel Lasell past Williams College, 31-26 on a chilly fall October 13 at Grellier Field. It was a back-and-forth scoring affair, totaling five different lead changes throughout. Going into the match, the Lasers were coming off of a 14-point loss to Brandeis and had fallen to 1-2 on the season. Williams’ College woes continue as they fall to 0-4. The Ephs started off the scoring with a quick try and conversion early in the first half, taking the lead 7-0. After the longest scoring drought of the match, freshman Javi Colon received a pass from Hawkes about 10 yards out, and pushed through a gap in the Ephs defense to tie it up at seven. After several attempts at both ends, neither team was able to take the lead and the half ended with both squads tied at seven. As soon as the second half started, Williams hustled down the field with a try, notching five more for the score then two more after the conversion, 14-7 Ephs. However, Lasell was able to rebound after Phil Skerry muscled in for the try just minutes later. After a missed conversion attempt, Williams still held on to the lead, 14-12. After the Lasers were unable to tie it up, it was Hawkes’
turn to score as he ran through a disgruntled Ephs defense and tallied the try. However, Lasell was once again unable to hit the conversion but now held the lead, 17-14. It was short lived, as Williams once again took the lead and reached the in-goal area, and then nailed the conversion to take the lead, 20-17. Although it appeared to be Lasell’s turn to score, Williams made a stop close to their defending in-goal area and ran the ball back down the field, eventually extending the lead, 26-17. But it was Lasell captain Steve Saluti who cut the Williams lead to four after he scored a try. With time quickly running out, Lasell looked to find an answer against a determined Ephs defense. After a series of smart passes and good field positioning, the ball wound up in the hands of Hawks once again. The Lasell senior barreled into the in-goal area, giving the Lasers the lead and securing a hard-fought victory for a determined group of players. First-year starter Jeff Vautrin was proud of his teammates after the win, but knows they must stay focused from here on out. “It was definitely a big game, both teams played their best and at the end it came down to who wanted it more,” said Vautrin. “But a win wasn’t the only thing we got out of this game today; we also kept our playoff dreams alive.”
Several Lasell teams have been going through changes. Among them is the cheerleading squad. Already there have been significant adjustments made from last year to this year. Of the challenges that the team has faced thus far, numbers is not one of them. The team went from barely keeping 12 girls on the team last year to having an additional fourteen new girls this year. Senior captain Alyssa Lajoie stated that in her four years being a member of the cheerleading team, this is by far the biggest the squad has ever been. Co-captain Sarah Hennessy mentioned that last year it was a much smaller group than this year. The team grew in size, ultimately giving them the opportunity to experience more success than in previous seasons. That opportunity was made possible with Lasell’s cheerleading camp, held this year on campus. This was the first year that Lasell had a cheerleading camp, which gave recruits and team members alike to hone their skills. It consisted of two eighthour days of practice on September 28 and 29. The girls learned a lot of new skills from Universal Cheerleading Association instructors. The coach said some of the new skills that were taught to the players included tock tosses and college level pyramids. It was a brand new experience for many incoming freshman, some of which had never tried flips before. Using their cheer camp experience and many hours of practice, the team is preparing for their debut at Fall Fest, and hopefully many more competitions in their future. If everything goes according to plan, the team will make their debut appearance at their first competition in November at Emmanuel College. Secretary Yesenia Hernandez said it’s something she wanted to do since she started cheerleading. The team has never competed before, but with a much larger squad, they finally have the numbers to enter and compete. The cheerleading team this year is trying to be a much larger presence at the school. With the recent changes and adjustments that they have made, it certainly seems like their goal will be achieved.
Volume 8, Issue 2 Lasell College's student newspaper